Last updated on: 3/3/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Darryl R. Wold, LLB Biography

Title:
Former Chairman of the Federal Election Commission
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Do Electronic Voting Machines Improve the Voting Process?"
Reasoning:

“I do not have a short position to your question: ‘Does the use of electronic voting machines improve the voting process?’ That’s an interesting question; it suggests some value judgments about ‘improve;’ maybe I’ll write something on it sometime. If I do so, I might ask whether Marshall McLuhan’s aphorism ‘The medium is the message’ has any application – that is, whether voters may respond differently when voting by machine than they did to marking a paper ballot with a stylus, analogous to what some commentators say is a substantive difference in communication between the hand-written letter or note, and email.”

In a personal email to ProCon.org, Sep. 11, 2006

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Private practice attorney specializing in election and political law, 2002-present
  • Chairman, Federal Election Commission (FEC), 2000
  • Vice Chairman, FEC, 1999
  • Commissioner, FEC, 1998-2002
  • Admitted to practice law in California, District of Columbia, and before the U.S. Supreme Court
Education:
  • LLB, Stanford University (LLB was the highest legal degree Stanford offered at the time of his graduation)
  • BA, Claremont McKenna College
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Do Electronic Voting Machines Allow for Meaningful Audits?
  2. Does the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) Mandate Voter Verified Paper Audit Trails?